Your feet deserve as much care as you give to the rest of your body, so it’s vital to have a skincare routine for your feet – no matter the season. Whether you are lounging by the pool whilst on holiday or gearing up for Autumn by wearing your favourite boots, maintaining the appearance of your feet is just as important as the rest of your body.
Learning more about hard skin and how to prevent it
There are different types of hard skin that form on the foot - one of which are calluses. Calluses are like the foot’s defence mechanism; hard skin forms over a cracked area of the foot as a protective barrier against further injury. Wearing shoes without socks, improper walking motion, overly-tight or loose shoes or lack of moisture can all cause hard skin.
Usually hard skin develops when thick skin on the soles of our feet quickly becomes dry, rough and brittle. An excess of new cells form in response to pressure and friction points and those areas rapidly become horny and dry with thickened dead skin and take on an unseemly yellowish colour. As result, there can be some areas on the feet with rough, circular patches of skin, especially around the heel area or on the skin under the ball of the foot.
Calluses are generally not harmful but can lead to painful cracked skin, bacterial infections, and bleeding if left untreated or if feet are lacking regular foot care like hard skin removal or moisture with special creams. Consequently, it is not only the most attractive look – especially during the summer months when sandals are in vogue, but it can also be a painful nuisance if it becomes severe and if it’s not treated.